Bank accounts of 3 senators face probe

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Members of the anti-DAP group Scrap the Pork Alliance tie peach-colored ribbons to the gate of the Bayan office at the NDC Compound in Sta. Mesa, Manila, on Sunday to express support for the filing of an impeachment case against President Benigno Aquino 3rd today. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Members of the anti-DAP group Scrap the Pork Alliance tie peach-colored ribbons to the gate of the Bayan office at the NDC Compound in Sta. Mesa, Manila, on Sunday to express support for the filing of an impeachment case against President Benigno Aquino 3rd today. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has allowed the government to scrutinize the bank accounts of three senators who are facing plunder and graft charges at the Sandiganbayan—Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada—in connection with the pork barrel scam.

The CA’s Special 2nd Division, in a resolution penned by Associate Justice Manuel Barrios, gave the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) 90 days to examine the bank deposits of the lawmakers who were accused of having received hundreds of millions of pesos in kickbacks from ghost projects funded by their Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel. Also charged along with the senators is the suspected brains of the pork scam, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando and Normandie Pizarro concurred with the resolution dated May 27, 2014 but which was not released to the media. The Manila Times, however, obtained a copy of the order.

The appellate court also instructed the AMLC to submit a report to the court when it is finished with evaluating the bank accounts of the lawmakers.


Covered by the resolution are bank accounts of Enrile, Revilla and Estrada in Landbank, Security Bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Metrobank, Citibank and other institutions.

In the case of Enrile, the AMLC will pore over his deposits at Landbank with account numbers 00024155TAO1/TAPOOO24155TAO1, 000034010544TAO1, 00003401054420, 3042002827, 3042002835, 3042002843, 3042101094, 3042101108, 3042101116 and account numbers 0512-357486-001 and 0512-357486-550 at Security Bank.

On Friday, the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division suspended Estrada for 90 days. He and Revilla are detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Enrile was allowed to extend his stay at the PNP hospital.

Recently, the same CA division ordered the freezing of the bank accounts of Napoles and her husband Jaime and their children Jo Christine, James Christopher, John Christian, Jeane and Jane Napoles.

Also frozen were the bank accounts of whistleblower Benhur Luy, his mother Gertrudes and Arthur Luy; Merlina Sunas; Evelyn Ditchon de Leon; Marina Sula; Nova Kaye Dulay Batal; Ronald Lim; and Simonette Briones.

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  1. Local Bank Accounts. Yes the Sandignbayan can scrutinize and even issue a freeze order on the local bank accounts..However, the offshore Bank accounts e.g. Swiss, Cayman islands, Hongkong or any bank outside the Ph archipelago can’t be reach by The Sandiganbayan.Considering that one of them has been doing this thing for over a decade (the oldest one) the Ph won’t see that money anymore on the other hand the 2 younger senators have only been doing this for about a decade but the amounts would still be staggering considering that they are government officials and not millionaire businessmen.

  2. When Napoles and the three senators were arrested, their assets/bank accounts should have been frozen first hand and suspended from office immediately pending the outcome of the case. If convicted, they should be banned from politics for the rest of their miserable lives.

  3. At last things are starting to be done to catch these scum. Get rid of this bank secrecy law, that should be the first step, stop giving them a hiding place for their money. Make them take it abroad & they have a chance of getting caught moving it around. Do it something like the uk where if your interest is over a certain amount or you deposit over a certain amount the inland revenue are informed ( thats the bir for flipinos ). They should also look at their wives & childrens accounts, thats another place they can hide it. Then we should all have our photos taken for our accounts so when asked whose account is this or who opened it we have their photo. Im in favour of that & i dont know why all countries dont do it.

  4. Kindly include in your peruse investigation all their Family Life Insurances acquired during their office tenure involving this plunder and graft cases.

  5. almost all these thieves are in jail now so we have to thank Pnoy for his effort to clean up the gov’t from corrupt employees from the top to bottom. but still he can’t make
    everybody happy. they want him to be impeached by the Pinoy haters. hahahahahahahahahhahahahha u-lol kawawang Juan dela Cruz.

  6. The freezing of bank accounts of both the accused (first 3 senators) alongside those of the accusers (whistleblowers plus that of PNoy) should have been carried our contemporaneously. That’s how “tuwid na daan” function, should function in the name of fairness and justice. Can PNoy, answer with absolute certainty like Christ did against his accusers: “Who can convict me of sin?”, when all he has become for the Philippines is what the following despotic rulers became for their respective counntires, namely: Tamerlane, Ivan the Terrible, Robespierre. Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mai Zedong, Francois Duvalier, Nicolao Ceausesau, Idi Amin, and Pol Pot. PNoy is courting their same tragic end if he refuses to amend his ways. What a historical legacy!

  7. Good, these thieves think they are invincible and can always hide their corrupt methods. Time for these swapang to go to jail!

  8. Carlo L. Adan on

    Why only these three senators? Probe accounts of all the senators’ who are mentione in the affidavits and testimonies of all the whistleblowers.

  9. rene catalasan on

    Probing the deposit accounts of the accused plunderers, namely Enrile, Revilla and Estrada is the most practical way to determine their innocense and /or guilt. If I may add, it should also include the existing and closed accounts of their immediate families.

  10. Noy P. Salaula on

    This should have been done the moment an allegation was made. Always late…

  11. It is about time to freeze and scrutinize the bank accounts of those involved in PDAF and DAP scums and plunders. There should a law enacted to enable investigators to scrutinize the foreign fund bank account. Lift the secrecy of the laundering bank accounts of these people.